Another project sees the light of the day. We are proud to welcome to the world of Unissued Soul something we have been working on since almost a year. We somehow feel like going back to the roots of the label with this one, back to that Sanders Sisters releases combo that has been the foundation of what we have become over the past few years. Those first two records were done by releasing original demos in their native first recording stage taken from a little series of studio acetates, alongside the versions we arranged to bring those demo recordings to a refined and better sounding level suitable to modern PA’s and well geared up dancefloors. Fast forward in time, when Brad Hales from Peoples Records out of Gratiot, Detroit, invited me over to discuss “something” (precisely quoting him on the phone call) I had no idea about what he was cooking alongside Phil, the man behind Detroit A Go Go festival and today’s Cleethorpes Weekender. Turns out a posse was coming together to handle a very relevant archive of reel-tapes containing mainly demos out of a handful of Recording Studios based in the area. After the scouting done by Brad, the physical restoration (baking and transferring to a workable format) done by Phil, we at Cannonball Records would play the role of complete / arrange and release the material that has been rolled up on a spindle for 50 years. Humbled by the invitation and proud to be part of all this, we have set up a little sister label called Cannonball Detroit with the not-so-easy task to handle the “artistic” side of this delicate plan. The first release is a most beautiful song from a band based in Woodward, the famous road that cuts Detroit downtown in two halves from Royal Oak all the way down to Lake Erie. As said in the beginning, this is a release that brings us back to our roots as it presents the completed version on side A and the very original untouched and unmastered demo version that was found on the reels on Side B.I have asked Brad to put together some details on the circumstances of the find and asked him to speak more about his Peoples Records. These notes, alongside more information and pictures, will be dropped along the line of the next releases, so record by record you will get to know all about the project.
-1st part, Brad’s own words “WE HAVE GOT GLOVES” -“Since opening Peoples Records in 2003, a high volume of items has accumulated. It’s not an insane stream of independent rarities in pristine condition – those left in the 80s/90s to cross the Atlantic or Pacific, depending – but we are glad and grateful to sift through the remains. It’s not as easy or stress-free as one might think, sifting through what is often sewer or rodent affected “chud,” but we’ve got gloves and you just never know.…” …TO BE CONTINUED!
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